Published: Wed, June 27, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Saudi Arabia stuns Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell

Saudi Arabia stuns Egypt 2-1 in World Cup farewell

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, 45, is the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup competition upon appearing in the team to face Saudi Arabia in Volgograd. Fahad fair thumped that spot-kick and Al-Hadary was on it in a nanosecond.

Salah has endured a torrid time in Russian Federation and he couldn't inspire his side to pick up a single point in Group A - a group that many people tipped Egypt to qualify from.

And there was to be last-gasp heartbreak for Egypt as Salem Al-Dawsari swept in a 94 minute victor for their opponents.

Mohamed Salah suggested there is no substance to rumours of worldwide retirement after the Egypt forward bowed out of the World Cup with defeat to Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Salem Al Dawsari scored with the last kick of the game as Saudi Arabia ended their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign with a consolation 2-1 win over Egypt in Group A on Monday. A lengthy VAR review upheld the initial call, and El Hadary was beaten this time by Salman Al Faraj, making the score 1-1 going into halftime.

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Juan Antonio Pizzi's men found the early rhythm as Hussain Al Moghawi was presented a few yards of open space and made a decision to test Essam El Hadary, but the effort was skewed wide.

It was Egypt who broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as Salah latched onto a long ball before lobbing the on-rushing Yasser Al Mosailem to nestle the ball in the back of the net.

Mohamed Salah stylishly broke the deadlock in the match with his second strike of the tournament.

Saudi Arabia came out the more aggressive of the two sides in the second half and almost took the lead nine minutes in.

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, the oldest in World Cup history, deflects and saves a penalty shot from Saudi Arabia.

Al Dawsari's goal means that Saudi Arabia finish third in the pool on three points, while Egypt return home without a point to show for their efforts.

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